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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Weekly Review 3/21-/25

Spring has sprung in music this week! The younger students played games related to eggs while the older students worked on their compositions.

The first graders helped bring in the spring season by playing a game and singing "I am Looking for Eggs." The students had so much fun looking for eggs hidden around the music room as they sang the fun, catchy song.   As soon as a student found an egg, they were directed to shake the egg shaker (which represented a Spring egg) to the beat of the song. The students who found the eggs during each round of the game became the ones that would hide the eggs for the rest of the class.

Second grade students also played an egg game called, "Spring Delight." Three baskets with three different rhythmic patterns were put into the middle of the circle.  Students passed around a spring basket filled with colorful eggs to the beat of the song.  Whoever has the basket on the last word of the song was the lucky winner who got a chance to open up one of the eggs. Inside each egg were two special things- a fun little sticker and a word that relates to the spring season. The lucky student got to keep the sticker but had to figure out which rhythmic egg basket their "special word" belonged too.  It was so much fun to see which rhythmic basket had the most eggs!

Our third grade students had so much fun practicing their learned notes of B and A on  Joytunes.  We reviewed low E and went over the green belt song, "Lucy Locket." For our centers, we added two new games: Musical Jenga and Crazy 8. Ask your 3rd grade students about these games. Here are some pictures of our students working hard and having fun at the different centers:

In fourth and fifth grade, the students got into their groups and began composing music for their stories. As I was walking around, it was so neat to see the creativity being drawn out from each student. In one group, I observed how the students used the combination of the violin, trumpet, egg shakers and hand drum to create music that went along with a particular page. Mrs. Rzasa and I can't wait to hear all of these performances!

We accomplished so much in chorus this week! Our Thursday classes completed learning,  Mozart's Messy Room, Ode to Beethoven and The Kazoo Koncerto. The piano accompaniment recordings and the lyrics to each song can be found on the chorus page: 

Please start memorizing the songs! Don't forget that solo auditions will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday during intervention time. Just come down to the music room for one day! Dancing and acting auditions will take place the following week. As a reminder, the concert will be on Wednesday, May 11th at 7pm. 

Have a wonderful three day weekend!

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